Simulating learning networks in a higher education blogosphere - at scale

Wild, Fridolin and Sigurdarson, Steinn (2011). Simulating learning networks in a higher education blogosphere - at scale. In: Sixth European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning (EC-TEL 2011), 20-23 Sep 2011, Palermo, Italy, pp. 412–423.



Blogging has become mainstream, even in Higher Education. How to successfully build and sustain dispersed cross-institutional learning networks, however, still remains a conundrum. Validation trials evaluating learning technology and practice lack possibilities to investigate this at scale with hundreds of individuals over yearlong periods of time. With this contribution, we therefore propose a model for simulating a Higher Education blogosphere in order to circumvent this cost and resources problem. The model is informed by actual, but smaller-scale trials conducted within the EC-funded iCamp project. This computational model is used to investigate the potential impact of a new educational intervention model and new blog network management facilities developed with the aim of facilitating social networking, self-direction, and collaboration among learners. The simulations conducted predict increased density and reciprocity of an open Higher Education blogosphere, when fitted with improved technology and when a subset of individuals is scaffolded along formal courses to form weak ties.

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  • Item ORO ID
  • 29507
  • Item Type
  • Conference or Workshop Item
  • ISSN
  • 0302-9743
  • Extra Information
  • Towards Ubiquitous Learning

    6th European Conference of Technology Enhanced Learning, EC-TEL 2011, Palermo, Italy, September 20-23, 2011. Proceedings
    Carlos Delgado Kloos, Denis Gillet, Raquel M. Crespo García, Fridolin Wild and Martin Wolpers
    Lecture Notes in Computer Science 6964
    ISBN 978-3-642-23984-7
    pp. 412–423,
  • Keywords
  • blog networks; blogs; simulation
  • Academic Unit or School
  • Institute of Educational Technology (IET)
  • Research Group
  • Centre for Research in Computing (CRC)
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  • © 2011 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
  • Depositing User
  • Kay Dave